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Today in America, half of the people prefer not to learn by literate approaches. They simply won’t or don’t read much. Begin transforming the lives of this generation by using first-century methods. Jesus taught His disciples and the crowds through parables, and now you can take Jesus’ approach in discipling. The “TruthSticks” strategy is a revolutionary approach using the DNA of first-century disciple making that will:

• Use Bible storying to effectively make first-century disciples at all levels
• Unite families by using fun methods to disciple children
• Revitalize small groups with highly interactive Bible-storying methods
• Develop a disciple-making church

Make truth stick like Velcro in a Teflon world by using Bible stories, dialogue, drama, and songs. Use all the methods of learning and teaching that Jesus did to make disciples!






About the Author

Avery T. Willis Jr. was a pastor in Texas and Oklahoma for ten years and served as a missionary to Indonesia for fourteen years. He holds a ThD in missiology and is the executive director of the International Orality Network. He currently lives in Bella Vista, Arkansas, where he continues work in missions as a speaker, trainer, and consultant.

Mark Snowden is a world-class Bible-storying trainer who's worked with pioneers Jim Slack and J. O. Terry. He developed an oral Bible for use among a predominantly Muslim people group in central Asia and currently trains missionary and lay church planters in Bible storying.
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Product Details

  • Series: LifeChange
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161521531X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615215317
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Literacy rates are on the decline and Attention Deficit Disorder is on the increase in America and around the world. With such a culture, there are many people who can not or will not pay attention to a traditional sermon. Truth That Sticks introduces an alternative form of communicating Biblical truth: Bible-storying. Bible-storying takes the parable approach sometimes used by Jesus when he taught. The basic steps of Bible-storying involve: telling a story from the Bible, asking questions about it or asking someone in the group to retell the story, and letting conversation about the story flow. This method is particularly suited to small group settings.

I chose to read Truth That Sticks because I work as a children's church teacher and there have been times I have taught a lesson and then wondered if the children even heard what I was saying. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this book. The book gave some wonderful ideas about how to tell Bible stories and get children or adults to remember them. Since remembering the stories and applying the concepts of the story to the individual's life is basically the point of children's church, I found this portion of the book very helpful.

This book also challenged me to compare modern church services with the early church in the Bible. I can not say that I completely agree with the authors of this book. They advocate that Bible-storying should be the main way of communicating Biblical truth for today's church. I think that using Bible stories is a unique and useful tool for communicating Biblical truth, but I don't think it should be the only or main way a church communicates truth. I know that Jesus told parables (stories), but he also read and elaborated on Scriptures.
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As I have been learning and reading about oral Bible storying, one of the questions that has come up in my mind is, "To what extent can storying be used? Don't we need to use other methods too in order to bring people all the way in discipleship and leadership?" In "Truth that Sticks", Avery Willis and Mark Snowden have not only laid out a vision for biblical storying but have also explained how it connects with discipleship, leadership, and church growth.

Practice, Not Theory
From the very first page of "Truth that Sticks," it is obvious that both authors are primarily practitioners, not academics. That's not to say that the book is not intelligent or well reasoned. It is. But the passion that drives them is the desire to see people become disciples of Christ. At appropriate times, they include statistics and theory about literacy and orality, but the bulk of the book is an explanation of the methods of biblical storying and its use in discipleship in the local church. Having already read some more theoretical works on orality and storytelling, I appreciated the authors' practical and accessible approach to the subject at hand.

Without rehashing the entire contents of the book, I want to use the remainder of this review to highlight points and emphases that I found helpful, as well as address some questions and concerns that came up as I read.

Story Telling "How-To"s
In some of the earlier chapters of the book (Ch. 4-7), the authors lay out how to use oral Bible story telling in small groups. What kind of questions should you ask? How do you get people involved? How do you tell a story to engage the senses and the imagination? How do you get other people to tell and retell the story?
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I must be honest, when I read Truth that Sticks, I was both alarmed and shocked about the statistics it gave on literacy in the United States. It was also eye opening that studies show that "The Bottom line is that the world is doing a better job at discipling our children to popular culture than the church does in discipling them to Christ." So where do we go from here in making disciples for Christ. Our authors propose that we use the tradition of story telling as Jesus did. Their studies indicate that people are more likely to retain the information and are also more likely to be drawn into a relationship with Christ through story telling. Not just any stories, but those of the Bible. They describe how to most effectively use story telling in the church setting and how to make the stories a part of a person's life so that they recollect them and remember to tell them to others, spreading the word. This book has points for discussion at the end of each chapter and a pretty comprehensive glossary at the end of the book. It also has many resources that can be used for this type of teaching. This would be a great read for someone wanting to start some missionary or ministering in their church, or for leaders, clergy and even lay persons wanting to learn how to effectively minister or teach others.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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